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Great Ormond Street Mums

November 11, 2015
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I don’t do self-pity. I used to do it like a bloody boss. If I had a sniffle, a slight tummy ache or had slept less than seven hours the night before you would know about it. Even if we weren’t friends I would make sure you knew about it. Because I liked to moan. But after birthing one child with a genetic disorder, one ‘normal’ child, one debilitating bout of post-natal depression and one divorce later I seem to…

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Teaching My Daughter To Be Authentic

November 6, 2015
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Earlier this week Instagram ‘star’ Essena O’Neill quit Instagram in a flounce heard around the world. I have to admit: I rolled my eyes more than once at the articles I read online after she ‘bravely’ came out to admit that many of her Instagram images were staged. We live in a time now where a lot of – if not most of – our media consumption comes from Socially crafted platforms. I think it’s fair to say that I…

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Now You Are Five

August 3, 2015
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I‘ve been trying to write this for a little while now and am shamefully completing it almost a month after the event of Elfie’s fifth birthday. But I feel like Elfie turning FIVE has been such a milestone for our family – not just for Elfie but for everyone in our little family of three and it’s been difficult to put into words exactly how I feel about this little poppet now she’s getting older. Sidenote: since when did I…

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Elfie: My #ARWOMAN

February 25, 2015
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  You may have seen the #ARWOMAN campaign floating around a couple of blogs recently. It is a movement created by Atterley Road, whose goal it is to get women openly celebrating other woman. As a pretty headstrong feminism loving woman myself (*fistbump*) I am more than happy to take part in celebrating the women in my life who are inspiring leaders, role models and all-round wonderful human beings. I’m lucky in that I have lots of strong woman in…

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The Day Elfie Became A Princess

December 7, 2014
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For reasons I really want to write about at a later date, I’ve become somewhat of a feminist in the last 12 months. It’s been an odd thing – I’ve gone from feeling slightly ambivalent about feminism to being confident that I strongly identify this way. Not to sound emotional about the whole thing but it’s been a bit of a rollercoaster – empowering, scary, shocking, maddening, exciting. And as such I want to make sure my children, both Elfie and…

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Elfie Is 4! Again!

July 21, 2014

I‘d totally forgotten when I wrote about Elfie’s fourth birthday fails a couple of weeks ago that we’d get to do it all over again soon after: her birthday party! In the whole process of organizing Elfie a 4th birthday party I did one thing incredibly right and one thing incredibly wrong. The right thing was that I agreed it was a great idea to split the birthday party with a friend who is way more capable and organized than I…

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Sometimes Shit Days Happen (Alternative Title: Happy Birthday, Elfie!)

July 10, 2014

  In my infinite wisdom I decided that Monday was going to be a big day for Elfie. It was her 4th birthday so it was already huge. So huge that she padded into my bedroom at 4.55am to say “is it now, mummy? Am I four?”. (My answer: “you are not four til 7 o’clock. Go back to bed”. She didn’t) I don’t know if it was the fact I was knackered or that I was just giddy at the…

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Raising Daughters

April 10, 2014
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The parenting of little girls is a job that is so special. Boys are boys and boys are awesome, but compared to our daughters they really are as different as slugs, snails and puppy dog tails. Yesterday I did something that doesn’t happen enough in our house; I took Elfie on a little day out, just the two of us. We had an appointment with her new consultant at Great Ormond Street Hospital – and as an aside, what a…

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On Sometimes Not Liking Your Children (But Obviously Still Loving The Crap Out Of Them)

March 26, 2014
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After the week I’ve had (and it’s only Wednesday! Give me strength) I have to put this out there: sometimes when we’re having a really tough week, though I love them ‘to the moon and back’, I struggle to like my children. I love them more than any amount I can put into words and this is a feeling that only mothers know: I would go to the ends of the earth to ensure their happiness, I’d walk over hot…

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A Christmas Girly Day Out

December 21, 2013
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I realised something the other day when I was scanning through iPhoto. Since I separated from my ex-husband at the beginning of the year I have barely taken any photographs with my DSLR. It’s all been Instagram, VSCO cam-filtered pictures that are all vintage-y and trendy. I can’t quite work out why that is. There were a couple of issues with the autofocus (which I think I’ve fixed now, wooh) but it’s gotten so bad that I think I’ve almost…

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And You Are The Girl With Small Hands And Big Eyes

December 16, 2013
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Every time I read the poem ‘B’ by Sarah Key, I think of Elfie. If I should have a daughter, instead of “Mom,” she’s going to call me, “Point B.” Because that way she knows that no matter what happens, at least she can always find her way to me. It is beautiful, the most beautiful piece of writing I have ever read. And not just because the similes and metaphors tumble together in a symphony like I have never read…

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